Overview of Scheme Endorsement at Jas-ANZ
Providing evidence of the suitability of your scheme to meet its stated objectives
Scheme endorsement requires a detailed, considered appraisal of the rationale for your conformity assessment scheme, and the suitability of its requirements for achieving its desired objectives.
JAS-ANZ has now implemented a minimum endorsement fee for all scheme endorsement applications. If an applicant (whether an accredited body or otherwise) applies to attain accreditation to a scheme that has not previously been endorsed by JAS-ANZ, applicants are asked to complete the ‘Checklist of actions to take before a scheme endorsement application is accepted by JAS-ANZ’.
Following completion of this checklist, a pre-application meeting will be held to learn more about the proposed scheme and its objectives. Following this meeting, if the applicant still intends for the scheme to be endorsed by JAS-ANZ, payment of a minimum $6000 plus GST (AUD) endorsement fee (and any additional amount if advised through the formal scheme endorsement quote) will be required in order to progress the endorsement process. Payment of this fee is not a guarantee that the scheme will be endorsed by JAS-ANZ. However, as a general rule, applicants will be afforded at least three rounds of appraisals of their scheme prior to JAS-ANZ reserving the right to issue a formal rejection letter, with the outline of reasons.
Following written notification of acceptance of the scheme endorsement application and payment of the fee, applicants will be provided with JAS-ANZ Scheme Endorsement Application form 171 (Application for JAS-ANZ endorsement or re-endorsement of a scheme), which asks for in-depth details of the scheme owner, the scheme objectives, the technical structure of the scheme, the process for its development, and evidence of its demand and effectiveness in meeting its objectives. All details in this form must be completed, and the documented scheme provided and associated records as requested.
Efficiency demands in the current environment
JAS-ANZ operates on a fully cost-recovered basis and does not receive ongoing funding from either the Australian or New Zealand governments. With the exception of fee-for-service technical work, JAS-ANZ revenues are solely raised through conformity assessment bodies and the levies (if applicable) applied to accredited attestations, reports, or other outputs as agreed for a given scheme.
Accreditation of bodies by JAS-ANZ is internationally recognised through its assessment procedures as outlined in the Accreditation Manual and legal enforced through the Accreditation Deed. These are the mechanism by which JAS-ANZ demonstrates to its international peers that it complies with all IAF and ILAC mandatory requirements in scope of its recognition, including ISO/IEC 17011 as the harmonised international standard for accreditation bodies.
The combined effect of these requirements is that JAS-ANZ undertakes performance-based surveillance and reaccreditation assessments of conformity assessment bodies for each and every standard and scheme it has granted accreditation to. At the minimum, this means that at least one office surveillance assessment every two years is undertaken depending on the bodies’ compliance with the scheme, and every five years at least one witness assessment of an audit (depending on programme) under the scheme is undertaken.
Collating evidence of the suitability of a conformity assessment scheme
The principles of scheme development are highly similar to those for standards development, and all scheme owners would be expected to develop their scheme to a state that is ready for scheme endorsement. The objectives of the scheme are sometimes better met through other mechanisms.